Sr. Maria Emmanuel says that attending Cursillo, a Roman Catholic Retreat, in 1963 was the beginning of her call to religious life. “It’s been a very happy life, and I have met so many people and done so many things that I could not have done as a lay person,” she said.
A second important turning point in her life was Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans when Sr. Maria Emmanuel was serving at the Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic Motherhouse in that city. “I learned not only the value of living with nothing but also to be at home wherever I was. I also came to value belonging to a worldwide order that lovingly aided me and my Sisters to re-start our lives and our ministries.”
Sr. Maria Emmanuel worked as a religious educator in Tucson, AZ, and New Orleans, LA, but says serving the poor is her first love. She is currently acting as a volunteer at the Dominican Sisters of Peace St. Catharine Motherhouse and Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.